In this prospective, observational cohort study, we enrolled new-start contraceptive users attending four family planning clinics. Data collection occurred at baseline and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Primary contraceptive outcomes include continuation of the method chosen at enrollment through 6 months, perceived satisfaction with contraceptive method in the last 4 weeks, and perceived satisfaction with sex life, ranging from “best possible” to “worst possible”. The primary predictor variables include the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI-6), the New Sexual Satisfaction Scale (NSSS). Secondary predictor outcomes included other factors associated with contraceptives’ sexual acceptability, including the impact of the respondent’s chosen method on their sex life, confidence that the method will prevent pregnancy, sense of control over pregnancy, and changes in side effects and bleeding (with Dr. Jenny Higgins and HER Salt Lake).


Current Research Questions:

  • How are self-reported measures of sexual acceptability (NSSS, FSFI-6, VAS, SICS) related to contraceptive uptake, continuation and switching?
  • How do self-reported measures of sexuality differ by contraceptive method?
  • How does contraceptive use and contraceptive method affect respondent's self-reported sexual satisfaction?
  • How do sexuality, sexual acceptability, and contraceptive use work together to create contraceptive user experience?


  • Forthcoming.